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Finding a voice, making a difference

February 1, 2016

By Hon. Darlene O’Brien Washtenaw County Trial Court At a fall presentation I was impressed by a woman deeply harmed by a criminal act who described her journey to healing. Jennifer, a victim who volunteers at Dispute Resolution Center’s Peacemaking ...

Be sure to protect the past

February 1, 2016

Ed Poll Daily Record Newswire The age of 65 was selected as the targeted retirement age because, at the time, only a small percentage of that age lived beyond it, and thus the cost of insurance was manageable. Today, many people live 20 years and more beyond ...

Ripples that can cripple: outdated billing festers in a firm

February 1, 2016

Edward Poll Dolan Media Newswires Coach’s Corner has discussed the reality that the successful law firm of the (near) future will not use straight hourly rates to bill for services. Still, many firms remain unconvinced. Although most can understand ...

Can restorative criminal justice help boost trust?

February 1, 2016

By Hon. Darlene O’Brien Washtenaw County Trial Court With confidence in our criminal justice system at historic lows, can restorative justice practices affect positive change while restoring public trust? It is said that crime creates a negative and ...

Divorce is a one-way street

February 1, 2016

By Marie E. Matyjaszek There are times when I send an e-mail and instantly regret doing so.  Some e-mail providers even offer the ability to “unsend” the message within a short few minutes to allow you to exercise that “on second thought…” ...

Made to order

February 1, 2016

Nick Roumel I persuaded a couple of my friends to eschew our usual pre-game breakfast place for a Mexican restaurant near my house. I’d been there once before. It’s housed in a former pizza joint, and although there’s not much atmosphere, ...